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Sticking Combinations

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by Chris McCaig | Technique

Continuing on from the lesson on the Sticking Master System, next we are going to start combining two different sticking patterns together.


Let's start with Set 1, which uses sticking pattern 1 (R L L L) at the beginning of each bar combined with each of the 16 patterns from the master system in the second half of the bar.


We can continue this process for Set 2 which would be sticking pattern 2 (L R L L) with all 16 patterns and so on.


As an example, combination 2 and 5 would be: L R L L  R R L L


Here is the play-along video for Sticking Combinations Set 1 (rights are coloured red to make it easier to follow the sticking).



Students can access the videos for Sets 2 through 16 by logging into the Student Portal and going to Online Resources.

Sticking Master System

Sunday, January 12, 2020 by Chris McCaig | Technique

Let's explore the 16 different sticking patterns created by the Master System.

⚫️ = R   ⚪️ = L

You may notice some familiar patterns, such as single strokes, double strokes and paradiddles.


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The next step is to move onto Sticking Combinations.

This is where we take each of the 16 sticking patterns from the master system and mix them together.

Subdivision Combinations

Friday, January 3, 2020 by Chris McCaig | Rhythms

Subdivisions are smaller beats within a main beat.

In 4/4 time the main beat is a quarter note ♩


The quarter note subdivisions we'll be using are:

Quarter Notes = 1 per beat

Eighth Notes = 2 per beat

Eighth Note Triplets = 3 per beat

Sixteenth Notes = 4 per beat

Quintuplets = 5 per beat

Sixteenth Note Triplets = 6 per beat

Septuplets = 7 per beat

Thirty-Second Notes = 8 per beat


By combining subdivisions we can strengthen our rhythmic accuracy and timing.


To work on subdivisions further you can use each combination with the Master System.

For example:

⚫️ = Quintuplets

⃝  = 8th Note Triplets


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